April 23, 2012

T is for...TBR

Today's 'T' post is brought to you by the letters TBR*, and the number TOO-MANY-TO-COUNT. Seriously, there are just so many great books out there and not nearly enough time in the day to read them. My at-home TBR stack was getting so big and so tumbly that I had to come up with a new home for them. Books piled all over can be hazardous.

So I now have a TBR shelf in my office. There's plenty of room for all of the books I can't wait to read, and once I finish them I'll just have to find room on my other shelves.

For my TBR post I thought I'd spotlight some of the books that have made it to this shelf and are waiting to be read:


•  The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
•  The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
•  Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
•  The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
•  Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
•  The Death Cure by James Dashner
•  The Duff by Kody Keplinger
•  Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
•  Heist Society by Ally Carter
•  The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
•  As You Wish by Jackson Pearce
•  Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia
•  Tempest by Julie Cross
•  Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
•  and TONS more

This new TBR shelf doesn't even hold all of the Classics I have that I plan on reading at some point before I'm eighty. My other bookshelves hold any number of other books that I've collected over the years that I still haven't gotten to yet. I should take cues from some of you who have opted to read what's currently on your shelves before moving on to other books on that TBR list. I'd say it's like finishing your dinner before getting dessert, but then it would be like I'm implying that the former isn't as exciting as the latter, which isn't the case. There are just too many good books and nowhere near enough time to read them. I guess it's the same as how you eat a whale**→ one bite at a time.

What's on your TBR list? Do you have a policy for tackling books you own vs. books you want?


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* TBR=To Be Read (i.e. books that I still need/want to read)
** Ewwww!

38 comments:

  1. I don't have enough room for another shelf, let alone have a TBR shelf! *sigh*!! While I have recently bought a couple of books on my TBR list and read them ahead of ones I already have, I'm trying to get through the ones I have--and have had for a while--that need to be read. These include NUMB by Sean Ferrell, and EXTRAS by Scott Westerfeld. But frankly, there have been some books that I just HAD to go ahead and get and read (e.g., THE FUTURE OF US, TANGLED, and THE PERICLES COMMISSION to name but three). And for all my good intentions, I know there'll be other books that jump ahead of the queue.

    One thing I seriously need to do is to keep reminding myself that, as important as reading is to me as a writer, I'm a writer first. If I wanted a career as a book reviewer or a librarian, then I might be a lot more concerned with filling every waking hour with any book I can lay a hand on. But reading is a pleasure activity (as well as a hone-the-craft activity). If in one month I only read two books, but I get ten chapters on my WIP written, it's been a very good month.

    Alright, time for me to stop rambling. :)

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    1. I had a nice piece of wall just inside the door of my office and it fit this slim ladder shelf perfectly. It's a good thing too because my other shelves are overflowing. There are always going to be tons of books that jump ahead in the queue :)

      I work reading into my daily schedule. I spend the better part of the day writing, and then at a certain point in the later afternoon I spend some time reading. And then I often read before bed. This seems to work well for me. :)

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  2. Ugh! My TBR list exhausts me! Sometimes I actually get stressed by it, LOL. Which shouldn't be the case--I should get excited about new books to read and etc... but I guess with time and everything I want to get done and reading because I'm wanting to study the craft and etc, it gets me a tad depressed. Reading a good book also discourages me a bit. It only points out my faults and how I haven't created something so brilliant. I miss the days when I used to read for fun and loved it. ;)

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    1. I totally get that stressed out feeling too looking at my TBR shelf. Between choosing from different genres as well as choosing books that will put me in the right head space for my own story, it can all get a little exhausting :)

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  3. I'm done to 5 books physically waiting on my shelf! I decided before I buy any new ones this spring, I have to read all that I have. It hasn't been easy--some new releases are taunting me. I am looking forward to a clean shelf, although I'm sure I'll fill it up quickly. :)

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    1. *Down* to 5 books. It's a Monday, what can I say. :)

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    2. I envy your self-control. :) My TBR shelf is out of control because I have no self-control when it comes to books. Honestly, the Book Depository was the best/worst thing to ever happen to me. I should really make a concerted effort to get through what I have and just add books to my list that I want to get to eventually.

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  4. I love this shelf! I have Delerium by Lauren Oliver on my list, then hopefully I'll get to Pandemonium. I think a lot of my TBR list has come from your RTW Best Book of the Month posts.

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    1. Haha! Well, I hope you're enjoying some of the recommendations :)

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  5. My TBR pile is actually several piles dotted throughout the house ^^;

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    1. My piles were stacking in front of other books on my bookshelves, which was just driving me nuts. I don't like books being buried behind others. This shelf was inexpensive (from Walmart), great quality, and just happens to match my desk perfectly (which wasn't really planned). It has helped with a lot of the clutter in my office. :)

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  6. My shelf ran out of room and overflowed onto a TBR-table. A small, decorative table, but a table nonetheless. I accidentally bumped into it this morning and knocked all the books off. I take that as a sign I need to start tackling it.

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    1. Haha! Yes, I think that might be a sign to read some of them :) At some point I'm probably going to have to start donating books that I likely won't reread or I'm going to run into the same problem as you.

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  7. I posted a picture a few months ago of my TBR shelf--and it has, since then, somehow continued to grow faster than I can read books off of it. I'm back on a book-buying diet, especially after the splurge at Books of Wonder two weeks ago. I have to at least get through all the YA on the shelf before I buy anything new--the adult stuff can wait until summer, when I'm less worried about making recommendations to my students. I have a ton of good stuff, though, so it's exciting...but I can't even walk into a bookstore or I'll fold like a house of cards and start buying more. (Of the books I don't own, GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS is probably the first on my list to buy. And I will definitely make an exception for INSURGENT because I know everyone will be talking about it and I want to be able to join in.)

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    1. You must be so excited for the summer to come and to have lots of time to make a dent in your TBR stack. :) Heck, I'm excited for you because I remember what it was like (teaching). I really should start avoiding bookstores until I get caught up, but as long as The Book Depository is around I have a way to feed my addiction. It's the best/worst thing to happen to me O_o.

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  8. My TBR "shelf" is actually a bunch of cardboard boxes. My poor books have to stay packed away because we don't have an inch of spare space here. On the plus side, opening one up and seeing what's inside is always a nice surprise!

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    1. It would be just like Christmas! I had to store a bunch of my stuff for about 6 months, and I remember how fun it was to crack those boxes open and see what I'd been missing. :)

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  9. I think what's next on the TBR is determined by what I'm in the mood for and if I went to the library recently. But I have read some of those books, Jaime, and you are in for a TREAT. LOVE The DUFF and The Forest of Hands and Teeth. And *sigh* Pandemonium. LOVE. I do have Audrey, Wait! on my very imminent TBR (meaning the dresser versus the hundred books in the closet) Yes - there are so many good ones to read and so many more coming out, but everything will stop May 1 when I pick up INSURGENT. THAT'S shooting straight to the top. :)

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    1. I often decide what to read next from my TBR shelf by going with what I'm in the mood for too. I try to mix it up and read from different genres, but I do find that it helps me in my writing process to read books in the genre that I'm writing. But all too often other types of books start beckoning me. :) And INSURGENT will definitely be cutting the queue--right to the front, actually!

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  10. So...I have to add a few more to my TBR based on this list :D At some point our Goodreads bookshelves will be 100% similar LOL :D

    I probably should start some sort of rule for my unruly and ever-growing TBR...

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    1. Haha! We do have very similar tastes in books, don't we? :D As for coming up with a rule for "unruly and ever-growing TBR" stacks——I need to do this too. Really badly O_o.

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  11. I don't have a TBR list right now but thats because I am so focused on school. I do have a Goodreads and it used to be 100's of books on my to-read list but I changed it so it is less than 100. I am trying to have realistic goals when it comes to my reading habits :-P
    Also...Jaime I tagged you in a game-hop over to my blog to find out what you have to answer! :)

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    1. When I was in university I remember not reading much besides what was on the reading lists for my various courses. After university I actually had to retrain myself to sit and read for enjoyment because I was so used to cracking a book for school and dozing off almost instantly. Open text book, doze off. Glad that's over with. :D

      I saw that you tagged me. Thanks! :) I'm not sure if I'll get to it right away between the AtoZ Challenge and last minute scrambling for our trip (Scotland in a week!), but I'll hopefully get to it soon.

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  12. Good to know another reader with TBR piles that rival mine! And yet... I still have the urge to buy new books. What is wrong with us?! You've got some great titles on your list... THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY and PANDEMONIUM are two of my faves. :)

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    1. We definitely have a problem O_o. I just added more books to this shelf in just the last day or so too. Yikes. After signing up for the Goodreads Reading Challenge I found that I've been reading a LOT more than I did prior. I've always been a reader, but now I'm reading like a crazy person :)

      THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY and PANDEMONIUM are two that I'm really looking forward to!

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  13. I love how modern your book case is. Sounds like you have a lot of great books to read. To be honest, I often alternate. Sometimes I have a new book that I just have to read because it sounds so good, and other times I will take out a book that I have been meaning to get around to for a while. It all depends on my mood. :)

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    1. I really should start alternating between new books and ones that I've had for some time. I've been eyeballing my Tamora Pierce books thinking that it's high time I read more in that world (they're sitting on my other shelves). And then there's the classics... Maybe every few books I'll choose an older one. That sounds like a plan! :)

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  14. I used to worry about my TBR, and think "I need to finish all of these, so it's not hanging over my head." Then I realized I was always adding new ones, and just couldn't reduce the pile. I figured that in a world of problems, this wasn't a bad one to have so I just "relaxed" about it (not really relaxed, just relaxed for me). Sometimes I just feel like reading one of them, and sometimes the books on my kindle, or an old favorite calls to me, instead.

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    1. Certainly not an awful problem to have, that's for sure :D I am reading an awful lot more lately, so it's not like they're sitting around collecting dust. I love have so many options :)

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  15. Five Flavors of Dumb. FIVE FLAVORS OF DUMB. Sorry, my brain shortcircuited once I saw that title because OMG JAIME YOU HAVE TO READ IT. It's so. good. I can't even imagine how someone could not like it. <333 Please, please let me know how you feel after you've read it!

    (BTW, gorgeous shelf. I may have to steal your idea. :D)

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    1. It sounds really interesting, and I've heard lots of good stuff about it. My copy is signed too, which is pretty cool. :) I'll let you know what I think when I finally get around to reading it.

      As for the shelf——> Steal away! :) I got it at Walmart for pretty cheap, and it really doesn't take up all that much room if space is an issue. I managed to tuck this guy just inside the door of my office.

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  16. Oh, I love your TBR shelf! A very deep window ledge serves as mine! I LOVE Heist Society and The DUFF and The Summer I Turned Pretty! You've got some great reads ahead of you, whenever you get to them!

    My TBR list, for now includes Graceling, A Grace Kelly biography, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, and Belles, to name a few. Unfortunately, they've all been in my 'pile' for a while now because I've spent a lot of reading time blogging this month.

    I think Colin makes a great point - writing is more important than reading if we're writers! I usually read a chapter or two at night before bed, but I wonder if I could fit in a few minutes of writing then instead every once in a while....hmmm...

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    1. GRACELING and STATISTICAL PROBABILITY are both great! I hope you like them. I'm looking forward to reading all of the books on my TBR shelf :)

      As far as the writing vs. reading thing. I have always been a reader, so for me it's not an either or thing; it's a both thing. One doesn't trump the other, and I don't think it should. For writers, reading is a really important part of the process (in my opinion). It helps us know the market, it improves our own writing in so many ways, and it provides a great source of inspiration.

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  17. My goodness--my TBR pile is outta control! In fact, during the summer, I plan to go through my bookshelves and start pulling out books I haven't read yet. I see some of them are on your list, too. :)

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    1. Judging from the comments everyone is leaving, I think we're all in the same boat. I suppose there are far worse problems to have, right? :D

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  18. You've got some fantastic reads on your TBR bookshelf (and I love the bookshelf - mine are piled up on my dresser, waiting for one of the kitty's to take them out!). I loved HEIST SOCIETY - it's like Ocean's 11 and Thomas Crown, but for teens - and UNCOMMON CRIMINALS (#2 in the series) is even better! I'm also a huge fan of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH trilogy - not to mention, this was the VERY FIRST YA book / series I got my husband to read, since he read LORD OF THE FLIES in the 8th grade (sad, but seriously true!). I'll be honest and say I was not a fan of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES. I tried, I really did, but man it was like watching golf. On tv. For hours. You'll have to let me know what you think. And of course, THE MAZE RUNNER series is also one of my favs.

    I've got so many on my TBR pile - but yet, I keep buying more! To reward myself for making it half way through my revisions this past weekend, I just bought all 3 books in the GRACELING series - definitely looking forward to reading those! I still have PANDEMONIUM waiting to be read, BEFORE I FALL, NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL, SPEAK, and ohmygawd, 48 others...me thinks I may have a slight problem. Oh, and I'll be buying INSURGENT next week when it comes out (hey, it's release day is my b'day, so I'm saying that's my excuse!).

    Anyhow...you're so not alone, my dear writerly-friend. So. Not. Alone. :)

    Happy reading!

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    1. I have the same problem. I have tons of books to read and yet I keep adding to the pile. I have no "shelf control" as Colin would say. :P

      I loved GRACELING and FIRE so much——I'm sure you'll love them too! As for INSURGENT, I think we'll all probably be buying that one the day it comes out. We all have a problem :)

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  19. My TBR pile is massive! I guess most readers' are. I actually haven't read any of the books you listed, but many of them are in my pile, too.

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